It’s been a long time since we saw something of worth from Neill Blomkamp (sorry Chappie fans), but here it is:
(I recommend you full-screen that action)
This is Rakka, the first short from Blomkamp’s Oats Studios. It tells a very Heavy Metal-esque story of humanity’s struggle against technologically nutso lizard aliens who are out to destroy the entire human race (air guitar riff).
This thing is 22-minutes long, super gross, and kind of awesome. Perhaps the short film format is where Blomkamp should have been all along. He’s still not great with characters - when things slow down here they really slow down - but Sigourney Weaver helps pull the human side of it together.
My one complaint: it doesn’t end! This appears to just be part one of a series. I have to admit, I’m excited about where it goes next. Aspects of this look a little on the cheap side, but for what it is, I think it’s quite an achievement.
Let us know what you think in the comments.